Mobile 9/11 memorial rolls into Florida State Fair

Tampa, Florida -- The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is in place to help Americans remember the events of one of the most devastating days in the nation's history.

And, the foundation's prized exhibit rolled in the Florida State Fair on Tuesday.

"It's nice to see people come out and remember what happened that day on 9/11," said Gerald Bingham, who son was killed on Flight 93 on that day in 2001. "It was something in the history of America that we'll never forget."

The foundation's mobile memorial features twisted metal, photos and tributes from the events of Sept. 11, 2001. It will be parked at the State Fair until Feb. 16.

"People should never forget. That was the first day in the battle in the war on terror," said foundation chief operating officer John Hodge. "The younger generation by and large is not being told or taught an awful lot about what happened on September 11. It is critical for them to know what happened on September 11."

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was started in the name of New York firefighter Stephen Siller, who ran three miles in his full firefighter gear on his day off to help aid those who were in harm's way. His actions cost him his life but they stand as an example to survivors of what first responders should be thanked for.

"To me it is emotional to bring it up. I lost 20 of my men that morning," said retired New York battalion commander Jack Oehm. "It really was an attack on our freedoms and what we stand for."

This is the first time the mobile memorial has been to a state fair. It is free to visit with the purchase of State Fair admission.


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